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    A practical and theoretical study, examining the work of the actor, specifically in relation to the performance and analysis of selected Shakespeare texts.

    This popular paper has a largely practical focus. In it you will perform and analyse selected Shakespeare texts.

    About this paper

    Paper title Performing Shakespeare
    Subject Theatre Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One of THEA 212, THEA 213, THEA 251, THEA 252
    THEA 306
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Suzanne Little
    This paper is predominantly taught by Associate Professor Suzanne Little, with one or two guest lecturers, who vary from year to year.


    The THEA 351 course reader can be purchased from the University print shop at the beginning of the semester and is available on Blackboard.

    Course outline

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Analyse and interpret Shakespearean text from the actor's viewpoint
    • Demonstrate vocal technique to support the speaking of the text
    • Work improvisationally to physicalise the text
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of acting in Shakespeare in regard to the creation of characters, situations and relationships
    • Work individually and in groups in rehearsal and performance with discipline and high-level ensemble skills
    • Competently manage the verse structure of Shakespearian texts
    • Demonstrate creative, reflective and critical thinking related to text interpretation and the rehearsal and performance process


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
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